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Data Divide or Digital Divide? Or Both?

by Gillian Diebold

In a world in which economic opportunities, government services, and healthcare outcomes are intricately linked to data, how individuals and communities are reflected in datasets and how they can use datasets about themselves significantly impacts their ability to fully participate in the data economy. This article shares how divides are emerging between the data haves and the data have-nots and how these data divides can greatly impact individuals and communities. While many in academia, civil society, and the public sector have considered the impacts of the digital divide, such as disparities in access to broadband, mobile devices, or computers, few have explored the data divide or considered steps to address it.

Read the full article in ISE Magazine.

Graphic by Gillian Diebold

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